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Organizations and Agencies

AARP Research
Site includes data and research reports on aging and disability, such as Beyond 50: A Report to the Nation on Independent Living and Disability (2002).

ADA Home Page (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division)
Site includes ADA Standards for Accessible Design, as well as information on ADA regulations and technical assistance, mediation, new or proposed legislation, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Disability and Health (National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities)
"Disability and Health fosters the development of knowledge and interventions needed to reduce and prevent secondary conditions among persons with congenital or acquired physical, cognitive, or sensory impairments."

Disability and Health in the United States, 2001-2005
This chartbook uses data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to look at health-related differences between disabled and nondisabled adults. It examines sociodemographic characteristics, health status, health risk factors, access to care, and preventive services.

Disability and Functioning Statistics (National Center for Health Statistics)

National Health Interview Survey on Disability (NHIS-D)
NHIS-D consists of a series of questionnaires that provide a useful set of measures to "understand disability, to develop public health policy, to produce simple prevalence estimates of selected health conditions, and to provide descriptive baseline statistics on the effects of disabilities." The site contains questionnaires and information on data files.

Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, DHHS)
DALTCP "is charged with developing, analyzing, evaluating and coordinating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity, health and long-term care needs of children, working age adults, and older persons with disabilities." Their site provides access to the abstracts and full reports of many research projects related to disability.

Disability Statistics Center (UCSF)
"The purpose of the Disability Statistics Center is to produce and disseminate statistical information on disability and the status of people with disabilities in American Society and to establish and monitor indicators of how conditions are changing over time. The Center has ongoing research projects on the cost of disability, employment and earnings, access to health and long-term care services, housing, mortality and national statistical indicators on the status of people with disabilities in America. The Center produces Disability Statistics Reports, a series of detailed research reports, and Disability Statistics Abstracts, a series of short research briefs."

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
NCDDR, which is funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (U.S. Department of Education), conducts research to clarify the needs of its target groups, demonstration activities to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches to access, dissemination and utilization activites to promote the use of research outcomes, and technical assistance.

National Council on Disability
NCD is an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the President and Congress on disability issues. Specifically, NCD "reviews and evaluates federal policies, programs, practices, and procedures concerning people with disabilities, all statutes and regulations pertaining to federal programs that assist people with disabilities, and emerging federal, state, local, and private sector policy issues that affect people with disabilities." Among their numerous publications available online is the annual National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, as well as an online monthly bulletin.

Bullying and Students with Disabilities: Briefing Paper (March 2011)

Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited (February 2011)

The Well Being of Our Nation: An Inter-Generational Vision of Effective Mental Health Services and Supports (September 2002)
"This report examines some of the root causes of the crisis in mental health, and seeks to 'connect the dots' concerning the dysfunction of a number of public systems that are charged with providing mental health services and supports for children, youth, adults and seniors who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses."

National Organization on Disability
NOD "promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life." Their web site includes sections on healthcare, education, employment, and more. Also included is the State of the Union 2004 for Americans with Disabilities, as well as information from the Survey of Americans with Disabilities, last conducted in 2004.

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Publications and Databases

Access Compliance (Division of the State Architect, California Department of General Services)
This site provides an introduction to "Universal Design", a "broader, more comprehensive design-for-all approach to the development of products, architecture, and environments around human diversity." Includes the DSA's California Access Compliance Reference Manual, a book of regulations and statutes to help clarify the obligations for architectural accessibility in California.

Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Library
This site contains ADA Law, Building Accessibility Guidelines, Technical Assistance Manuals, ADA Enforcement Documents, and Other Assistance Documents.

Disability Status Reports
The Annual Disability Status Reports from the Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) give "a summary of the most recent demographic and economic statistics on the non-institutionalized population with disabilities. They contain information on the population size and disability prevalence for various demographic subpopulations, as well as statistics related to employment, earnings, and household income. Comparisons are made to people without disabilities and across disability types. Disability Status Reports and other statistics are available for each state, DC, and Puerto Rico."

Disability Tables
These tables, from the West Virginia Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, provide basic data on disability in the United States, individual states, and the world.

REHABDATA Literature database (1956-present)
Produced by the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), REHABDATA contains over 80,000 documents on physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues. Three main categories of documents are featured: (1) reports, studies, and papers submitted by projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (2) articles published in rehabilitation-related periodicals and (3) commercially published books. Some non-print material is also catalogued. Some documents resulting from government funded research are available full-text.

U.S. Census Bureau: Disability
Reports, briefs, research papers, and data on disability are available here.

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